By Katy Gill
These two scorpions have taken each other by the pincer and danced together as part of a mating ritual.
Jim Bartholomew, 62, captured the moment his two unorthodox pet scorpions engaged in a ritual known as Promenade á deux – a dancelike motion that the animals exhibit in order to procreate.
The predatory arachnids lock pinchers and appear to do the tango in order to determine a satisfactory location for the male to deposit his sperm, before pulling the female across it to deposit the sperm into her gonopore, a genital pore.
The lethal Arizona bark scorpion’s ritual lasts less than 30 seconds but can result in a pregnancy lasting anywhere from nine to 18 months, with a litter of up to one hundred scorpions possibly being born.
Jim, a high school math teacher from Mesa, Arizona, USA, said: “I have kept a couple of different breeds of scorpions for around eight years now.
“They are very low-maintenance pets and can survive months with no food – one cricket every two weeks keeps them going.
“On a rare occasion they can be lethal.”
Jim even managed to captured the intriguing birth of the pair’s offspring and the moment one young scorpion broke out of the embryonic sack.
He said: “After several months the scorpion gave birth to approximately 30 scorpions whereupon the babies crawled onto the mother’s back and remained there for a couple of weeks until they molted.
“After molting, the babies left the mother.”
After becoming favorable on YouTube receiving around 1.5 millions views, the math teacher’s videos of his pet scorpions have been used for educational presentations in San Francisco’s science museum.
The symptoms of being stung by an Arizona bark scorpion can range from difficulty breathing, convulsions, unusual head, neck and eye movement, and can last between seven to ten days.